UMass Amherst has a number of faculty experts who have agreed to be available to reporters as expert sources for stories.
A sampling of our experts by topic area
Sonya Atalay is an anthropologist primarily focused on the overlap between archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistics, heritage studies and Native American and indigenous studies.
M. V. Lee Badgett is one of the world’s leading experts on the economics of same-sex marriage, and is interviewed frequently in media coverage of gay marriage efforts both domestically and internationally.
Jeffrey Blaustein studies the ways that hormones, and particularly the ovarian hormones estradiol and progesterone, act in the brain to modify brain function and behavior, and how the environment can influences these processes.
Co-author of the famous report on global warming that popularized the “hockey stick” temperature graph, Bradley found himself the target of climate change deniers and conspiracy theorists during the “Climategate controversy” of 2009..
Branch has a background in corporate finance, financial institutions, futures markets, bankruptcies, strategic planning, and industrial organization.
Sylvia Brandt’s research focuses on two different areas where traditional economic theories have failed to solve difficult problems in the allocation of public goods: chronic illness and fisheries management. Speakers bureau.
Lisa Chasan-Taber (CHAY-son TAY-burr) is a reproductive epidemiologist and an internationally recognized expert on physical activity during pregnancy. She has spent the past 15 years actively leading national research teams in the conduct of lifestyle interventions among high-risk, ethnically diverse pregnant women.
Paul Collins investigates the factors that shape the selection and decision-making process of U.S. Supreme Court justices and interest group litigation.
Nilanjana Dasgupta (nil-ON-juh-nuh das-GOOP-tuh) studies implicit or unconscious bias. Her research spotlights how implicit bias influences people’s first impressions and behavior toward others, as well as how implicit stereotypes influence individuals’ own academic and professional choices.
Dube’s research focuses on labor economics, health economics, public finance, and political economy, particularly based around minimum wage policies, fiscal policy, income inequality, health reform and the economics of conflict.